SWLA BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION APRIL NEWSLETTER
by Richard Hebert, President
Hello Fellow beekeepers,
We all enjoyed some warm days in March and the bees are busy building up. Beekeepers get ready for your days to get a little busier with bee stuff. April is a good month to reverse hive bodies and cull out some old frames. You will likely have to add a super by mid-month and watch for swarming. This is the month for swarming, with the peak around the fifteenth. I have heard of a couple of swarms to our south, near I 10.
Thanks to Mr. Keith and all the folks that took part in the basic beekeeping field day. All went well; we had 16 folks that attended. The food, weather, and fellowship were wonderful. We were able to open up a couple of hives and locate the queens and demonstrate picking her up to mark and release. I look forward to another class in the future.
LOTS and LOTS of pollen everywhere with most of it coming from the oak and pine trees. The dew berries are thru blooming and its time for black berries. Clover is doing well. Some of the blooming plants will be hurt with the two nights of heavy frost that we just received. Mr. Ground hog missed his spring prediction.
Our April 1st meeting will not be at the Civic Center but has been moved to the sheriff’s training building just south of the sheriff’s office. Mr. Keith has a bee biology power point to go over and discuss getting started with beekeeping. Look forward to seeing all the beekeepers there, come if you can.